Disappear again, reappear bearded
On top of a lear, steering it into the kids' ear again
Earl had left for so long that when he comes back he has a beard. He’s intoxicated, steering thoughts into children’s ears while riding on a learjet. It’s like a plane crash in your ear: explosive and sudden. He still plans on influencing his young audience into doing things their parents don’t like.
Earl alludes to terrorism, implying his detractors see him as a similar threat to children (the imagery of bearded men reappearing and crash-bombing planes is strongly reminiscent of Bin Laden and 9/11)
This also refers to resurrection, a common fixture of mythology: you die, you come back, you kick ass. Good bearded examples include Jesus (perhaps the reason for the crucifix on the album cover), Gandalf from Lord of the Rings and the Sumerian lamassu god. Earl’s long-awaited return from Samoa mirrors this.
A lyrical nod to MF DOOM’s “Ballskin”:
Earl doesn’t believe in God adding to the entendre in the last few lines. He flaunts his sentiment in the face of disbelievers by pointing out how “God [speaks] it like it’s truth … then disappears again” when tragedy strikes as in 9/11. It’s as if Earl is saying “Where was your God then?” As also already mentioned, the “bearded” imagery can also serve the purpose of referencing Godly and devilish icons. This helps paint the picture while also focusing on the hypocritical duality of God: representing the ultimate good, but doing(or allowing) the most evil things to happen.
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